Ian originally started out as an electronics hardware engineer but eventually discovered the internet in the late 1990s. Nowadays has a keen interest in the more technical aspects of site design and server configuration and is a keen supporter of web standards. Has been very active on a number of SEO and web-related forums and was a moderator at the original SearchEngineForums for many years. As light relief from helping small businesses with tricky website issues, can often be found in the Apache forum at WebmasterWorld answering questions about htaccess, mod_rewrite and PHP problems. In recent years has also been a contributor to a number of popular PHP-based open source software packages.